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  • Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole

    Artist:
    Gros, Antoine-Jean. 1771-1835
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    134x104 cm

Gros, Antoine-Jean. 1771-1835

Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole

France, Late 1796 - early 1797

This painting, combining a battle scene with a formal portrait, was based on the artist's personal impressions - he accompanied Bonaparte on the Italian campaign and was an eyewitness of all that happened. Gros embodied in the image of Napoleon the ideal of a strong, wilful individual typical of neoclassical art. The figure strains forward, face cold and calm, with a tense gaze emphasizing the hero's decisiveness and bravery. At the same time Gros's painting is suffused with a mood which foreshadows the Romantic era, reflected in the dynamic colour and light-and-shade contrasts and the temperamental painterly manner.

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Napoleon Bonaparte on the Bridge at Arcole

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oil

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134x104 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1924; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the Duke N.N. of Leuchtenberg collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5669

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